Human Resource Management - Admission with Credit (12 month fast-track route to the MA)


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Key facts

Start dates

September 2024 / September 2025

Course length

Part time: 12 months


If you have a postgraduate diploma (Level 7, 120 credits), our MA Human Resource Management allows you to top up your qualification to a full MA. The course is ideal if you are aiming for a strategic or senior management role and want to build an all-round, high level performance profile.

You can study on-campus (UK students only) or online from wherever you are, giving you the flexibility of learning in your own time. You can decide when and where to study to fit the degree in with your work and home commitments. And you'll enjoy a high level of personal support and online learning resources. 

Our teaching staff are both researchers and experienced HR practitioners. They are passionate about their subjects and will support you throughout your studies. 

We keep in touch with our graduates, their employers, and local CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) branch activities. This puts you in touch with great people from across the profession. And once a year we invite all these groups to come together at our Annual Postgraduate HR Research Conference. 

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management (120 level 7 credits) from a recognised institution.  At least two year’s relevant professional experience and a degree or equivalent, relevant professional qualification. Applicants are normally graduates with experience in a full-time HR role and a Postgraduate Diploma in HRM from any educational provider.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to have the following level of English language competency:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in listening and speaking).

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) distance learning

International distance learning

Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) distance learning

International distance learning

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

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Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) distance learning

International distance learning

2024 / 25
Home (UK) part time

Home (UK) distance learning

International distance learning

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 534400

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Funding your studies

Financial support and scholarships

Featured funding opportunities available for this course.

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Learning and assessment

You can progress to management roles or consultancy with the MA Human Resource Management direct entry stage. You will combine theory and practice and gain specific insights into organisational behaviour and design. And focus on an area of HRM research that is of specific interest to you.

To top up the PG Diploma to the full MA HRM award, you will study a single module and complete a dissertation.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

  • Critical Investigation Skills

    This module provides students with a framework for understanding and researching organisations. Students encounter organisation theory and research methods, learn to deepen their organisational knowledge and develop valuable research skills. The module shows students a range of theoretical perspectives, providing critical awareness of the complexity of organisations & organisational processes.  Students are introduced to the stages of research, (research design, data collection and analysis methods, & research ethics).  Armed with knowledge of organisational theory and research methodologies, students develop a viable research proposal. In semester 2, students take part in a pilot project, which gives hands-on experience of ‘doing’ research. Based on this, students produce a reflective essay designed to inform their own research projects. Sessions on quantitative and qualitative data analysis, the use of computerised analysis packages, and dissertation writing complete the module.

Final project

Compulsory modules

  • Research Project

    The research project allows students to undertake a self-managed process of systematic enquiry within the domain of their Masters programme. It aims to generate high quality, rigorous and systematic applied research as part of which the students have reflected critically on the theoretical and philosophical assumptions underpinning the process alongside the ethics of undertaking management research.  The degree to which the project is ‘applied’ is flexible – from addressing a broad issue in HRM to researching a specific issue within an organisation.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will study online and participate in individual and group-based learning, within a supportive online community. 

You will be provided with:  

  • highly structured, user-friendly written lecture and course materials
  • audio and video podcast materials recorded by course tutors
  • virtual tutorials, including in real time 
  • discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • access to our online library.

You will participate in a range of classes at our Headington campus if you are studying through a combination of online and on-campus learning. 

You'll learn from teaching staff, drawn from our Department of Business and Management within the Business School. You will also learn from visiting speakers from business and industry, local government, consultancies and research bodies.


Assessment methods used on this course

Critical Investigation Skills will be assessed through and individual written assignment (3000 words) and an individual portfolio.  The assessment for the Research Project will be a 15,000 word individual project and a 750 word individual reflective statement.


There are two research clusters in the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies and the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice which relate to this subject:

  • Work and Organisations
  • Management and Entrepreneurship Education.
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After you graduate

Career prospects

This programme is an excellent way of providing you with a springboard to progress in your career in HR. Students who have completed it in the past report not only career advancement but also an enhanced sense of professional confidence and self-belief.

The programme enjoys a high completion rate and is guided by a tutorial team comprising research active and experienced HR practitioners.

Programme changes:
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.